|Land Area & Rank
||17,439.21 sq km (25)
||August 27, 1991
||Ifeanyi Okowa, PDP
|House of Assembly
||Asaba (capital), Warri, Agbor, Sapele, Ughelli.
||Urhobo, Izon, Ika, Igbo, Itsekiri
Rank & Sex: 4,098,391(12)
||Gov. Office: 234-56-280350, 28178
Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 45, Jose Marti Crescent
Lagos Liaison Office:
235/237 Apapa Road, Ijora
P.M.B. 12683, Lagos
Tel: 01-5835503, 5835504, 7755304
|Local Government Areas
|Ika North East
Delta Palace Hotel
32, Airport, Road
P.O.Box 485, Warri
42, Effunrun-Warri Road
P.O Box 525, Warri
Tel: 234-57-231114, 244537
Grand Hotel Resort & Convention Centre
P. O. Box 57
Tel: 234-56- 282030
Fax: 234-56- 280661
Opp Government House
Palm Grove Motel
Upper Erejuwa Road
P.O.Box 1059, Warri
33, Okobi Street
Wellingtion Hotel Limited
Effurun/Ughelli Express Way
Tel: 0805 5024460-4
Delta state fondly referred to as the “Big Heart” was
created on August 27, 1991 by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida
administration. In 1963 the old Warri and Benin provinces
were merged to form the Midwestern region from the
Western region. In 1967; the name was changed to Bendel
State where the state remained until August 1991 when
Delta State was created out of the old Bendel state. Delta
State is a heterogeneous society with no single ethnic
group big enough to claim dominance; this and other
mutual suspicions have resulted in ethnic clashes mostly
within the Warri axis.
The state is bordered on the
North by Edo State, on the South West by Bayelsa State,
on the East by river Niger demarcating it from Anambra
state; and in the North East by Kogi state; in the South by
It is generally low-lying and has a coastline
of about 160 kilometers on the River Niger, inter-laced
with rivulets and streams; criss-crossed with creeks,
through which the River Niger empties into the Atlantic
Ocean, thus forming the larger part of the famous Niger
Is characterised by two seasons; the dry and rain
seasons. November to April is dry; December to February
is usually marked with the dry North East trade wind
which is distinguished by harmattan wind. The rain season
commences in March and lasts till October with a brief
spell of dry period in August. Annual rainfall average is
260cm in the coastal area and 190cm in the extreme North
of the state. Average temperature is about 270C.
The state has two Colleges of Education and
three University; Delta State University at Abraka owned
by the state, Novena University and Southern Delta
University which are privately owned.
Oil/Gas (petroleum) plays prominent role in
the state's economy. The state hosts one of the Nation's
four petroleum refineries (Warri Refinery) and two
petroleum exporting terminals. Shipping also plays a
significant role in the state's economy. The state has four
seaports at; Warri, Sapele, Burutu and Koko, and an
Airport in Warri. Agriculture has remained the mainstay
for the indigenes.
Agricultural produce in the state includes:
Rubber, Oil palm, Timber, Fruits, Fish, Palm wine,
Cassava, Plantain, Yam, Maize, Kolanuts and Raffia palm.
Petroleum, Natural gas,
Kaolin, Granite, Salt and Gravels.
Dennis Osadebe, Nationalist. Grace
Alele-Williams, academician. Austin (Jay-Jay) Okocha,
footballer. Felix Ibru, architect/businessman. Festus
Okotie-Eboh, Nationalist/1st Finance Minister (1960-
1966). Phillip Asiodu, administrator. Mary Onyali, athlete.
Sunday Olise, Footballer. Chris Okotie, Clergy. Jim Ovia,
Banker. Pat Utomi, Businessman/Public commentator.
Tony Elumelu, banker. Nduka Obaigbena,
journalist/Publisher. Steve Omojafor, Advertising
Practitioner. Great Ogboru, businessman/politician. Alex
Ibru, publisher. Ronald Eyime, Optometrist. Gamaliel
Onosode, administrator. Nobert Young, film actor. Ayo
Oritsejafor, clergy. Steven Keshi, football coach. Henry
Nwosu, footballer/coach. Peter Okocha, businessman.
Peter Konyegwachi, boxer. John Pepper Clerk, poet.
Edwin Clerk, lawyer. Sam- Loco Efe, actor. Michael Ibru,
Industrialist. Dere Awosika, administrator. Zeb Ejero, film
producer. Niki Tobi, Jurist. Fred Amata, actor. Sunny
Odogwu, Industrialist. Festus Keyamo, Lawyer. Frank
Kokori, activist. Richard Mofe Damijo, Actor/film
producer. John Odafe Asiemo (Daddy Showkey),
Musician. Atunyota Alleluya Akporobmemerere (Ali
Baba), comedian. Stella Damasus, actress. David Ejoor,
Army Gen rtd. Maryam Babangida, 1st lady (1985-1993).
Eddington Kuejubola, sport administrator. Justus Esiri,
actor. Eddie Ugbomah, film maker. Opa Williams, movie
producer/director. Sammie Okposo, Gospel musician.